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Extreme Prejudice (1987)

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A Texas Ranger and a ruthless narcotics kingpin - they were childhood friends, now they are adversaries...

Director:

Walter Hill

Writers:

John Milius (story), Fred Rexer (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Nolte ... Jack Benteen
Powers Boothe ... Cash Bailey
Michael Ironside ... Maj. Paul Hackett
Maria Conchita Alonso ... Sarita Cisneros
Rip Torn ... Sheriff Hank Pearson
Clancy Brown ... MSgt. Larry McRose
William Forsythe ... Sgt. Buck Atwater
Matt Mulhern ... SSgt. Declan Patrick Coker
Larry B. Scott ... Sgt. Charles Biddle
Dan Tullis Jr. Dan Tullis Jr. ... Sgt. Luther Fry
John Dennis Johnston ... Merv
Luis Contreras ... Lupo
Gary Carlos Cervantes ... Hector (as Carlos Cervantes)
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister ... Monday (as Tom 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
Marco Rodríguez ... Deputy Cortez
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Storyline

When they were kids Texas Ranger Jack Benteen used to be best friends with drug kingpin Cash Bailey. At present, however, the only element linking them together is Jack's girlfriend Sarita, who used to be with Cash. She returns to Cash as a voluntary hostage to make certain that Jack keeps his hands off the drug lord's operation. On top of that, there is a meticulously planned drug bust, in which both Jack and Cash butt heads with CIA-funded paramilitary Maj. Paul Hackett, following his own agenda. Written by Anonymous

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An army of forgotten heroes, all officially dead. They live for combat. Now they've met the wrong man.


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 April 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Extreme Prejudice See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,498,957, 26 April 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,307,844
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (4 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

TriStar Pictures studio executives disliked the first version of theatrical trailer so they made their own. However, their version of the trailer made the movie look like it's ex-soldiers vs Texas Ranger type of movie, which it isn't. Jerry Goldsmith composed the music for original trailer but after it was rejected the track which he composed was not used. Instead the trailer which was released included two tracks from other movies; Paul's Theme by Giorgio Moroder from Cat People (1982) and Evacuation by Mike Oldfield from The Killing Fields (1984). See more »

Goofs

All of the military identifications expire December 31st of the year. Military IDs expire on the anniversary of the member's entry into active service or re-enlistment. It would vary for each individual. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Hank Pearson: You ain't just gonna walk in there, are ya'?
Jack Benteen: Oh, hell, I've known Chub since the third grade. You were just telling me what a nice kid he used to be. I'm just gonna go in there and have a beer with him.
Sheriff Hank Pearson: Shit, sounds reasonable. Just sit down, talk to him about how you shot his brother night before last.
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Alternate Versions

Heavily cut to receive an M rating for its initial Australian theatrical run. The cuts were restored to an uncut R rated VHS release. See more »

Connections

References The Getaway (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

AY JALISCO NO TE RAJES
Composed by Manuel Esperon & Ernesto Cortazar
Produced by Ry Cooder
Performed by Maria Conchita Alonso
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You've seen this kind of movie before but it's still worth the ride because Walter Hill drives it
21 September 2009 | by chaos-rampantSee all my reviews

You know the movie. Drugs across the Southwest border, blasted Texan landscapes, sweaty faces, gas stations in the middle of nowhere, money exchanging hands and gone missing somewhere along the way, maybe a bank robbery. It's that distinctly American type of crime movie given character by the beautiful western setting, a modern update of sheriffs and Mexican outlaws and doublecrossing between old friends now on opposite sides of the law that goes as far back as Boetticher's films, done with a focus on high-octane no-holds-barred action cut straight from Sam Peckinpah's school of blood squibs and slow-mo gunfights.

The story isn't half-bad but Walter Hill has always been an action nut first and foremost and John Milius was never Cormac McCarthy, so you'll forgive Extreme Prejudice for not quite being No Country for Old Men. It's still a good movie, not very surprising truth be told, with some nice dialogue exchanges along the way, a crabby Rip Torn as the old sheriff mentor and Nick Nolte looking mean and badass for most of the film, and if it's let down in the acting department every now and then when some emoting is required, that's because both Michael Ironside and Powers Boothe playing the villains were never the greatest of actors.

The low 6.2 rating the movie has as of this posting tells me the movie has suffered at the hands of sleepy viewers catching it randomly on late night TV in crappy pan-and-scan versions or indifferent video club patrons renting it on VHS. A niche audience comprising of fans of action movies and 70's gritnik crime cinema, the kind of genre Walter Hill has proudly inhabited in the 70's with films like The Driver, watching a good quality widescreen copy like I saw, will have much different things to say.


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